auto its makers. >> $1500 comes in handy, yes, and in the time of need where we're at right now. >> reporter: in queens, new york, jerry aliberti bought two nissans to replace the two he lost during the hurricane. >> the seats are all soaked. they're inundated with this muck, this dirty water that infiltrated the car. >> reporter: across the northeast, sandy dnld or destroyed at least 100,000 cars and trucks. full replacement value, at least $3 billion. koppel nissan, where alverty bought his new cars, lost 150 vehiclevehicles to sandy. at the port of newark, north america's major entry point for fish of finish cars, flooforts ruined 11,000 new ones. hasn't homeowners have insurance that covers damage, like nelson burgos, who need to buy himself a car so he it stop paying $400 a week to rent one.